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Light Arteries in the Blue Hour



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Broadway, the 5th and the 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) illuminated, like the arteries of a giant living being, and shot from the top of the Empire State ...
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Broadway, the 5th and the 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) illuminated, like the arteries of a giant living being, and shot from the top of the Empire State Building after the sunset, during the blue hour, when the City begins to switch on his lights. The cars draw long trails on the camera film, the gold of the pinnacles shimmers as the sky turns to dark purple.. I can say I've traveled to NY to obtain exactly this photo for my collection.. The picture is composed of 5 long exposition HDR (from till 30secs) printed on a big surface reveals an incredible number of invisible small particulars. The native resolution is 34.1Mp (7148x4764) and can be printed without loosing details up to huge dimensions at http:--rmantero.com.
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110 Comments |
chrisrgivens
 
chrisrgivens January 25, 2014
hope you win something for this man, thats amazing!! nice work
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
I hope too! Thanks! :)
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero July 02, 2015
Hey Chris! It just happened! Great! :)
joebaxter
 
joebaxter February 13, 2014
This is amazing. A great capture of New York.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thank you!
terrycharbeneau
 
terrycharbeneau February 20, 2014
WOW.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Hehe I like the WOW effect! TY
AlanJakarta
 
AlanJakarta February 21, 2014
Marvelous final image - excellent work. Congratulations.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks Alan
TheoShilton
 
TheoShilton February 21, 2014
No words could do this shot justice Lj absolutely stunning. EPIC! :D
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Ty! Really appreciated.
Ben71
 
Ben71 February 21, 2014
Very nice. Congratulations.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
sarahhindley
 
sarahhindley February 21, 2014
Amazing
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY
davidrelph Platinum
 
davidrelph February 21, 2014
Great lowlight shot, superb
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks David!
janweima
 
janweima February 21, 2014
Eén van de mooiste foto's met de allerbeste camera :-)
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Hehe ty!
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 February 21, 2014
one of the nicest image from the Empire State that I have seen, congrats
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Glad about that! TY!
Danny_martin_10
 
Danny_martin_10 February 21, 2014
extraordinary capture, well deserved feature
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
Jbowers424
 
Jbowers424 February 21, 2014
Amazing
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY!
DSlight_photography
 
DSlight_photography February 21, 2014
Awesome picture, Congrats !!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Appreciated!
SarahKeates
 
SarahKeates February 21, 2014
Brilliant work! Congrats!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Ty!
WileKyK
 
WileKyK February 21, 2014
Stunning shot! Congratulations on your Feature!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
catini
 
catini February 21, 2014
Very well done, congrats on your feature!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY!
philipbebbington
 
philipbebbington February 21, 2014
Amazing capture and detail in this landscape image of New York. Congrats
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TYVM!
kwowzer11
 
kwowzer11 February 21, 2014
Amazing! Great Shot!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TYVM!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 21, 2014
Excellent capture.Congrats!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
debhall Platinum
 
debhall February 21, 2014
Wow...very cool shot! Congrats on your feature.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thank you!
PhotoAlaska
 
PhotoAlaska February 21, 2014
very nice
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Wow! Alaska! One of my photo-dreams! Thanks!
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan February 21, 2014
Absolutely amazing, incredible detail, wonderful HDR work...........splendid capture. Congrats on the feature.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks a lot!
mariorada
 
mariorada February 21, 2014
Well done!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Ty
nitti
 
nitti February 21, 2014
A beauty....congrats
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
ybuhac
 
ybuhac February 21, 2014
Wonderful image, congratulations.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY!
ge1701
 
ge1701 February 21, 2014
Great shot!!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
symesie04
 
symesie04 February 21, 2014
great shot
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 February 21, 2014
Fantastic photo!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY!
WayneRoss
 
WayneRoss February 21, 2014
You thought of it, planned it and pre-visualized it.
It yours! Be proud!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Aye, thats my usual method... But the Lucky Factor plays a big part!
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia February 21, 2014
Thankyou for the explanation. When in NY I'll take in mind! Double wow!!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Hehe, thanks! Can't wait to see your!
iamzunaid10
 
iamzunaid10 February 21, 2014
Outstanding shot!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
And a big poster on my wall!! :D
WeeZie Platinum
 
WeeZie February 21, 2014
Absolutely amazing capture. Great work!!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks Weezie!
AlexGaflig
 
AlexGaflig February 21, 2014
I've been on the Rockefeller, because i wanted the Empire to be on my pic =) The view is incredible, this picture too! Love the sky!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Got some from there too, I will post soon! Ny is a place where is not possible to be bored of taking photos! Thanks.
jvillainc Platinum
 
jvillainc February 21, 2014
Gorgeous photo - will vote when it's time!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks a lot! really appreciated!
lito
 
lito February 21, 2014
Stunning capture!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY!
cilla8 Platinum
 
cilla8 February 21, 2014
Gorgeous! Congrats on feature
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks, thanks a lot.
zyxwv
 
zyxwv February 21, 2014
Wow super stunning congrats!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
jerzgrl51 Platinum
 
jerzgrl51 February 21, 2014
Amazing!! Congratulations on your feature!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks!
BowmanLifeStudios
 
BowmanLifeStudios February 21, 2014
Very cool long exposure shot! Great detail and edit, great job on the combining of images!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
Thanks a lot!
cycyak1
 
cycyak1 February 21, 2014
Wow! Beautiful!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 21, 2014
TY Cycyak!
SusiStroud Platinum
 
SusiStroud February 21, 2014
Congratulations on your so well deserved feature! Its wonderful!!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
TY!
jeancarlozuniga
 
jeancarlozuniga February 21, 2014
wow.......i cant put much words its just amazing :) congrats for the feature
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks a lot!
toml721
 
toml721 February 21, 2014
I wouldn't mind visiting, but I'd never want to live there!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Hehe, I like it! I wish to live there instead...
Jewel
 
Jewel February 21, 2014
Awesome shot....great work! Congratulations on your feature!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
TY Jewel
Dxlr8
 
Dxlr8 February 21, 2014
Excellent shot
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
TYVM
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter February 21, 2014
Amazing capture. Congrats. - Jake
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks Jake!
Shellcanada
 
Shellcanada February 21, 2014
Love this view!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
You have to see it print!
Sandro_Ortolani PRO
 
Sandro_Ortolani February 21, 2014
Amazing!!!!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks!
kasper Ultimate
 
kasper February 21, 2014
congratulations.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
TY Kasper.
KeithBannerman Ultimate
 
KeithBannerman February 22, 2014
Nice shot
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks!
mikemalak
 
mikemalak February 22, 2014
Great shot
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
TYVM
JodieHowitt
 
JodieHowitt February 23, 2014
This is absolutely incredible, well done!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks a lot!
creativegasp
 
creativegasp February 23, 2014
So much thought talent and hard work went into this photograph,, it is just amazing how you had this thought in your mind and took all the steps to create just what you wanted. It's a beautiful shot! Since I myself am from NYC I'm sure I'm a bit partial! Really great I hope you win something big with this one!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Thanks a lot for your kind comment, much appreciated! I Envy you for your beautiful and incredible City (and Country)! I really love NYC (and USA) and hope to come back soon!
jerroddavis
 
jerroddavis February 23, 2014
Stunning
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 23, 2014
Ty!
gusdiendimonk
 
gusdiendimonk February 23, 2014
AMAZING work..Congratulations
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 24, 2014
Thanks!
DhirenBhundiaPhotography
 
DhirenBhundiaPhotography February 24, 2014
Stunning Night Capture :)
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero February 24, 2014
Ty!
LCdutch
 
LCdutch March 04, 2014
Spectacular shot. Good shooting. Larry
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero March 06, 2014
Ty!
Sandro_Ortolani PRO
 
Sandro_Ortolani March 06, 2014
Great work ;)
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero March 07, 2014
TYVM!
huch5150
 
huch5150 March 07, 2014
That's a wow!
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero March 07, 2014
Thanks a lot!
RIFFMASTERDAN PRO+
 
RIFFMASTERDAN March 22, 2014
Killer shot..How do you get such sharp focus through the whole picture? I can't seem to do it, auto or manual. Maybe it's my lens. Anyway, love this.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero April 02, 2014
ty! I've tried to answer you in PM! :D
Notko
 
Notko March 27, 2014
awesome
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero April 02, 2014
Tanks a lot!
hkphotography
 
hkphotography March 29, 2014
Nicely done. Congrats.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero April 02, 2014
Thanks!
Coomanator
 
Coomanator April 03, 2014
This is a masterfully composed shot. Breathtaking. Added to my favorites.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero April 07, 2014
Thanks a lot
Beautiful-Breeze Platinum
 
Beautiful-Breeze April 04, 2014
AMAZING! Fantastic shot.
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero April 07, 2014
TY!
IsraelOrta PRO+
 
IsraelOrta May 06, 2014
This kind of photograph takes a lot of time. Setting up the equipment early, making sure everything is setup correctly, taking the correct photographs, and then later, combining the exposures to get the correct effect. Congrats on a job well done.
Bronco
 
Bronco May 08, 2014
Absolutely crazy...all my Respect,
Capolavoro!
jojoxena
 
jojoxena May 27, 2014
Breathtaking...What a view!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 10, 2014
great capture !
wandahojan
 
wandahojan July 10, 2014
incredible capture!
KeithBannerman Ultimate
 
KeithBannerman July 11, 2014
Another great shot
Rdiazresto Platinum
 
Rdiazresto July 11, 2014
OMG! It's almost surreal. One of the best low light shoot that I ever seen. Congrats, ant I hope you win with this photo. Just a masterpiece.
KishoreJ
 
KishoreJ August 14, 2014
Superb and well thought of image. The pains you took in shooting this can well be imagined. Tripods are not allowed at Empire State bldg if I am not mistaken. Where did you support the camera?
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead August 14, 2014
Take a deep breath ! Wish i had wings at this point !! Awesome !
roboto
 
roboto August 14, 2014
Amazing capture, love the abundance of detail and the point of view!
Silverdarkness Platinum
 
Silverdarkness August 15, 2014
Amazing detail. Submit to Nat Geo!
davyxy
 
davyxy August 22, 2014
Just a mindblowing shot... superb... congrats... defo a winner.
tcr18h
 
tcr18h December 12, 2014
Absolutely love this.!
khalidmohy
 
khalidmohy December 15, 2014
beautiful!!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 26, 2014
stunning capture !
MattyKay PRO+
 
MattyKay January 18, 2015
i live here and now this is gonna be my project shot my friend.. wonderful work!
AntonioBernardino
 
AntonioBernardino January 21, 2015
fantastic image
ankitsimkhadabhandari
 
ankitsimkhadabhandari February 03, 2015
amazing
saptakjoy
 
saptakjoy February 12, 2015
Awesome Photography!!!!
Stunning shot.....
From where you captured it!!!
pegleg Platinum
 
pegleg March 04, 2015
love this shot sir, i have just started to get into night work, i hope one day to be as good as you love it
apurba_kr
 
apurba_kr March 10, 2015
really wonderful...
brettharris
 
brettharris March 11, 2015
Amazing shot!
ImagePlusPhotography
 
ImagePlusPhotography April 24, 2015
Very nice!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick May 17, 2015
Remarkable photo.
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle May 28, 2015
Absolutely amazing photo, love everything about this photo and congrats on all your wins and features - truly you earned them all. Were you shooting in manual? Congrats again
RiccardoMantero
RiccardoMantero July 02, 2015
Yest, everythins has been done in manual, soon I will dedicate an article on my web page on it, check it at http://www.riccardomantero.com/en
arielnadler Platinum
 
arielnadler May 28, 2015
AMAZING CAPTURE AND CLARITY.
lifeispreciousphotography
 
Fantastic shot. Congratulations. Also liked the story behind it...
AntonioMarchetti
 
AntonioMarchetti July 03, 2015
AMAZING shot !! well done !!
ttelfair
 
ttelfair July 05, 2015
Congratulations, beautiful photo!
babuhillary
 
babuhillary July 06, 2015
I bet none can make it better. Nice one.
grahamhebron
 
grahamhebron July 07, 2015
Stunning capture. All man-made. Makes us believe humans really are incredible!
Greatwhitesean
 
Greatwhitesean October 02, 2015
Wow. I've just entered the Modern Cities contest and then saw this and was thinking why did I bother as this looks like the winner.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 15, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your Awards!
Mehrdad_GholamiAznaveleh
 
Mehrdad_GholamiAznaveleh March 11, 2016
It's Beautiful like motherboard lighting busses. Too detailed. Excellent.
JordanSuter
 
JordanSuter April 26, 2016
One of the best city shots so far. Well done.
rosaposa
 
rosaposa September 07, 2016
This is awesome! Love it!
bartholomewsimpson
 
bartholomewsimpson November 17, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
bartholomewsimpson
 
bartholomewsimpson November 17, 2016
very nice
maximgutu
 
maximgutu January 20, 2017
very beautifull!!!
MichaelEckerdtPhotography
 
MichaelEckerdtPhotography January 21, 2017
You truly have a remarkable gift! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
sandrine
 
sandrine July 10, 2017
My goodness... wow...
Matt_Nash-Arnold
 
Matt_Nash-Arnold February 17, 2018
Beyond AMAZING!!!!
1155
 
1155 September 12, 2018
Inspiring.
barbarabergmannbiglow Platinum
 
barbarabergmannbiglow November 22, 2019
Greatest shot I’ve seen this morning. Fabulous!! ♥️
jaimsart
 
jaimsart January 12, 2020
Brilliant photo
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Behind The Lens

Location

On the first terrace of the Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York.

Time

it was some minutes after the sunset, in the blue hour, was december during a really cold evening.

Lighting

I had to take 5 long exposures from 5 to 30secs to achieve the effect. All done with a really high aperture (f/11) and low ISO (50) to obtain the best sharpness and to let the car lights impress the Nikon sensor.

Equipment

A Nikon D800, a Nikkor 16-35 F/4 Wideangle with VR turned off, as a good habit when the camera is on a tripod. A polarizer to reduce the light and gain some exposure time, a Manfrotto Pocket (mini tripod) under the lens (because you can't install a tripod on the Empire State Building in the middle of the crowd). Then I've used the timed shot to avoid to touch the camera and reduce the vibration.

Inspiration

I've seen a lot of photo done from the top of the Empire State Building, and I've always desired to do it my way. I hope I achieved it!

Editing

Yes, the image is an HDR resulting from 5 differente exposures, all exposures are done with a 1Ev. I've used Photomatix pro to combine them and then Apple Aperture for the finishing touches, to saturate the warm tones, increase the contrasts and the overall sharpness.

In my camera bag

A MacBook Pro, An iPad Air 128Gb, A Nikon D800 as main body and a secondary camera body (it was a D300 but soon will be a D810), a Nikon 16-35 F/4 Wide angle, a Nikon 24-70 F/2.8 Zoom, and a Nikon 70-200 f/4 zoom, A 77mm B+W Polarizer filter, a Manfrotto 190CX Pro 4 Tripod, 2 hard disks for backup, 10 Memory cards (5SD and 5CF), and a Sigma 15mm fisheye. Ah! Yes and a GoPro hero black edition, if I go underwater, but soon will buy an underwater case for the D800. Really, I travel very heavy…

Feedback

Yes, arm yourself with a lot of patience and hope in a little of luck. I've stayed on the Empire State Building for 4 hours in december at the wind chill waiting the sunset and shooting a lot of photos, then I had to choose the best one. Patience and clear ideas are the key to obtain a good shot. I always try to prefigure what kind of shot I want to make and how it will appear after the post-processing phase. The best advice I can give is to try to shot with the brain before using the camera.

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